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Li Lan is the daughter of a once prosperous family in Malacca (Malaysia). One day her father approaches her with a request from the Lim family that she become their dead son's bride, an old Chinese custom said to placate a restless spirit. However she had originally been promised to Lim's cousin, Tian Bai, now the family heir. Ghost Bride is filled with twists and turns as well as the sights and sounds of Malacca. In the end it is not just a choice between Lim and Tian Bai but a third choice that beckons.

Lynn @ Capitol

The Property by Rutu Modan

property.jpegRutu Modan's first full-length graphic novel, Exit Wounds, won an Eisner Award back in 2008 for its nuanced story of a Tel Aviv cab driver seeking clues into the disappearance and possible death of his father. Her second long-form graphic novel effort, The Property, is another deeply personal story, this time about an old Jewish woman returning to Poland, her granddaughter in tow, to reclaim property lost during World War II. What unfolds is a story of a woman forced to confront and remember painful parts of her past, as her granddaughter discovers that they have come for far more than just the reclamation of property.

As all great graphic novels, The Property is told not merely through the dialogue but also through the excellent illustration. Modan's style evokes comparison to Herge's Tintin, cartoon forms of lines and solid colors that portray nuanced and evocative body language in each panel. The fact that Modan hired actors to play out each panel for her as a reference model is an interesting bit of trivia, but the results are superb. This is the sort of graphic novel that is easily accessible to all, wonderfully human through and through.

Tim @ Central

Daddy's Gone a Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark


Daddy's Gone a Hunting is the latest novel by Mary Higgins Clark. Sisters Kate and Hannah Connelly lost their mother at a young age and Hannah now fears losing her sister. Kate was badly injured in a fire she may or may not have set to the family business. While Hannah keeps a bedside vigil, along with juggling her new fashion line and budding romance, their father seems more concerned with his much younger girlfriend and the insurance money. Clark writes an interesting tale, which also includes a homeless veteran and a man searching for clues on his sister's death decades earlier. As usual, the book ends with all of the loose ends tied up and even some romance, but it is her best book in years.

Meredith @ Central

Sci-Fi @ Fantasy Fridays


As the days get shorter with the approaching winter, have you ever thought what would happen if the days started getting longer, even longer than the 24 hour cycle? That's what is happening in The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. As the earth's rotation starts to slow, the country is forced to decide how to cope - there are those, in the majority, who continue to live days in 24 hour increments and those who mark the length of days by sun up and sun down. Teenage Julia copes with these changes, along with her family reactions, the change to the environment, her first love and how people who don't follow the "rules" are treated differently. This is a beautifully written coming of age tale that will resonate with readers. To see a previous review of Age of Miracles, click here.

Meredith @ Central

Doc: A Memoir by Dwight Gooden and Ellis Henican


If you collected baseball cards in '80s like me, you probably remember that one of the most coveted cards was the 1985 Topps Dwight Gooden rookie. If you opened up a pack and saw that card, it was like hitting the lottery. Gooden was the golden phenom of the New York Mets, a 19-year old kid seemingly out of nowhere who dominated the top hitters of his day. He seemed destined for Cooperstown and was a hero of the Mets team that won the 1986 World Series.

Sadly, Gooden's personal demons--drugs and alcohol-- derailed his promising career and he never lived up to that early potential. In Doc: A Memoir, Gooden looks back on his life and career and discusses with disarming frankness his struggles with substance abuse. He provides a window into the crazy life of a professional athlete where easy access to anything under the sun is the norm. It's hard not to like "Doctor K", and it's good to know that he's finally handling his problems with drugs with humility and grace. Give Doc--and¬ Doc¬-- a chance.

Brett @ Central

Capitol Reads


Mama's Child by Joan Steinau Lester delivers a story of love, about an African American man and a Caucasian woman from the South. The family moves to San Francisco to raise their biracial children where they face the negative tensions of race and acceptance from the community. It's an emotional tale of a mother and daughter's compassion for one another that's transcended through race and the questions of identity.

Deidre S @ Capitol

Let Him Go by Larry Watson


Let Him Go by Larry Watson may be one of the most depressing books I have ever read, but like everything he writes, the story calls to you and sticks with you, as it is well-written. Set in the 1950s, Grandmother Martha Blackledge is obsessed with getting her grandson back from his mother and stepfather who have moved to another state. Martha sees the boy as her last hope, as her son died in a freak accident and her daughter has distanced herself by moving far away. Her husband George reluctantly joins her on her trip to retrieve their grandson from his stepfamily. As you can imagine, this is not as easy as one would hope. The rest is a haunting tale full of sadness and despair. Watson is a local author, he teaches writing and literature at Marquette University in Milwaukee and is best known for Montana 1948, but I would suggest White Crosses as his best book.

Meredith @ Central

National Geographic 125 Years


The National Geographic Society is celebrating its 125th Anniversary with National Geographic 125 Years: Legendary Photographs, Adventures, and Discoveries That Changed the World, a coffee table book loaded with hundreds of eye candy photos (e.g. Steve McCurry's iconic Afghan Girl) that everyone loves looking at in the magazine with the yellow border. However, it started as a somber, struggling journal by leading naturalists and scientists of the late-Victorian era. Telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell rescued it from obscurity by hiring his son-in-law Gilbert H. Grosvenor as editor, who transformed it into a popular magazine through the extensive use of photos to bring society-sponsored explorations and articles to life for readers.

Explorers house: National Geographic and the World It Made is a lively, informative insider look by retired editor Robert M. Poole. He focuses on the three-generation Grosvenor family dynasty (Gilbert H., Melville Bell and Gilbert M.) that ran the society and its magazine for most of the 20th century. He not only applauds their achievements and innovations in building National Geographic, but doesn't gloss over their weaknesses in reflecting the views and prejudices of their times, especially family patriarch Gilbert H., who championed Robert Peary's claim as the first person to reach the North Pole despite underwhelming evidence, excluded blacks from society membership with rare exceptions, was anti-Semitic, and published articles during the 1930s that overlooked the evil of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.

Van Lingle Mungo @ Central

We here at Milwaukee Public Library know that with a diverse population comes a wonderful variety of personal tastes, especially when it comes to food. And whether you eat Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free, or love Nutella so much you want to marry it and raise little hazelnut-chocolate babies, we've got new cookbooks for your tastes and dietary needs. Here's just a little taste of the fabulous new cookbooks you'll be able to find at your local library:


Nosh on This: Gluten-Free Baking from a Jewish-American Kitchen
Just because you've got a gluten-sensitivity doesn't mean you should go without your matzo or sufganiyah. This book is chock-full of great recipes that will have you Challah for more.


Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans
Natalie Slater proves that nothing is more punk rock than humane eating in her excellent cookbook Bake and Destroy. Recipes like the Samoa Joe Cupcakes (inspired in part by the namesake Girl Scout Cookie) are bound to please even the toughest audience (like the also namesake 280-pound professional wrestler).


30 Nutella recipes
This all-dessert recipe book thankfully doesn't try anything too crazy with the beloved condiment like Nutella tacos or a Nutella burger. Though the Nutella faithful might now just try that on their own. For those of you married to or who regularly associate with the Nutella nuts, I apologize now for giving them that idea.


Quick and Easy Paleo Comfort Foods
So you've jumped on the Paleo wagon, but you've been missing your old favorites like Blueberry muffins, fried chicken tenders, and shepherd's pie? Well Julie and Charles Mayfield have your solution in this book, showing you exactly how to prepare those treats and not fail at your stone-age inspired diet.

Tim @ Central

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Fridays


Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) doesn't exactly have a super cool reputation. It's a fantasy role-playing game popular among nerds with no social skills living in their moms' basements, or so the stereotype would have you believe. In reality, D&D is an incredibly rich communal storytelling experience where you control and guide a single character, week after week, through a fantasy world adventure.

Of Dice and Men by David M. Ewalt explores the rich history of the game and the incredible variety of people who play. It started in Lake Geneva, WI and St. Paul, MN where two guys, Gary Gygax and David Arneson (respectively), ran fantasy role-playing games of their own creation for their friends. People were so excited by the prospect of having a character (persona, really) you create and play week-to-week, instead of a stagnant predetermined character. Your character has adventures where you could make any decision and do anything your imagination wanted, and molding your character and gaining experience. The game started gaining a foothold among wargamers, but it grew pretty quickly when people started realizing the potential of a game you had a stake in shaping. It grew through the 70's, and became quite a cultural force by the 80's. The book delves into the company's unconventional and tumultuous history, from self-publishing in a basement to a multimillion dollar enterprise.

Aside from hearing about it second-hand from people nerdier than me, D&D came to my attention as the focus of an episode of the TV show Community. The game is used to frame a conflict between the characters. Someone can easily become the villain because they can do whatever they want! You can turn against your friends! You can loot a corpse! You can do a musical number! You can breakdance until you puke! Anything you can imagine, you can do. In the game, as in life, your success or failure isn't totally in your control. You have a character sheet with your features on it, your level determines what kind of stuff you can do, and furthermore the Dungeon Master rolls dice to factor in chance. You are only limited by your imagination. I know that sounds cheesy, but just imagine how much fun Monopoly would be if you could decide to trek the opposite direction around the board, attack a rival's hotels, or cast spells to escape from jail.

The book alternates between chapters about the history of the game/the company that made the game, an exploration of the D&D community, and Ewalt's own experience. The running narrative of Ewalt's game provides a glimpse at actual game-play, so you can see the exciting fiction that draws players in. Dungeons & Dragons is a game, but also an entire world, an escape, a way of life, a creative outlet, and a fantasy. You might not be that impressive in real life, but within a game you can be a total freakin' hero.

Allie @ Central

Eleanor Catton Awarded 2013 Booker Prize

cattonbooker.jpg(photo: BBC)

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton won the £50,000 (about US$79,987) Man Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries. In doing so, she established a pair of records as the youngest winner in the prize's history (she is 28, but completed it at age 27), as well as writing the longest winning novel (832 pages).

luminaries.jpg The Luminaries is the story of Walter Moody, arriving in New Zealand in 1866 to seek his fortune in the goldfields. He comes across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Walter finds himself drawn into a series of unsolved crimes and complex mysteries.

Catton is also the author of The Rehearsal which was widely praised and nominated for awards including the Orange Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize. She studied at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and was 25 when she began writing The Luminaries.

Chair of judges Robert Macfarlane described The Luminaries as a "dazzling work, luminous, vast...a book you sometimes feel lost in, fearing it to be 'a big baggy monster', but it turns out to be as tightly structured as an orrery...We read it three times and each time we dug into it the yields were extraordinary, its dividends astronomical."

The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers.

Jacki @ Central

Capitol Reads


In Letters from Skye, Elizabeth, a poet, lives on the Isle of Skye. She receives her first fan letter from David, a student in America. Thus begins a correspondence. Fast forward to 1940 and Elizabeth's daughter is also writing letters to her boyfriend, a pilot, and again war is looming. The stories (letters) are told in alternating chapters, but mirror each other and come full circle at the end.

Lynn S @ Capitol


Who do you picture when you think of a villain? Snidely Whiplash? Darth Vader? Hitler? Do you have a personal villain? (For me, my villain isn't a person, but a baseball team--the St. Louis Cardinals. May they burn...) In I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling With Villains (Real and Imagined), pop culture and sports critic Chuck Klosterman (Fargo Rock City) investigates the idea of the villain in our culture and the influence villains have on our thinking and attitudes. He also discusses why some cultural figures become villains, perhaps undeservedly so, while others just as undeservedly become folk heroes or legends. Of course, the examples he chooses come out of his vast pop culture knowledge base. He cites sports figures like O. J. Simpson and Muhammad Ali, musical groups like the Eagles, and N.W.A., and other more obscure figures you may have forgotten, like Bernhard Goetz and D. B. Cooper. Klosterman's always highly-anticipated books make for engrossing reading, and you'll find yourself finishing this book almost as soon as you open it.

Brett @ Central

Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature


The 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Canadian author Alice Munro, "master of the contemporary short story," according to the citation read by Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy.

The New York Times reported that although "winners are traditionally notified by phone in the hour before the announcement, the Swedish Academy was unable to locate Ms. Munro, according to the Twitter account for the Nobel Prize. It left a phone message instead."

Munro's books include Dear Life published last year, which appears to be her last. She told The National Post in Canada this year that she was finished writing, a sentiment she echoed in other interviews; Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage; Runaway; The View from Castle Rock; Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You; Too Much Happiness; and more.

To celebrate literature's newest Nobel Laureate, the Guardian featured the "top 10 things you need to know about Alice Munro." And the Toronto Globe & Mail offered "10 reasons why Alice Munro is a genius."

Jacki @ Central

A Friend of the Family by Lauren Grodstein


Most parents will do anything to guarantee their child's happiness, but most don't think about what kind of return on investment they feel they deserve. Should your child go to college? Get married? Give you grandchildren? In A Friend of the Family by Lauren Grodstein, Pete Dizinoff is starting to get frustrated. He and his wife have indulged their son Alec and his every whim his entire life and all Pete asks of Alec is to finish art school. Pete's frustration grows as Alec becomes involved with the wayward daughter of close family friends. Pete's reactions and actions to this lead him to reflect on his life and how he got to where he is today. The story is told in a series of flashbacks as well as real time events.

At first I was dying to get answers to the questions - what terrible thing did the daughter do? What happened to Pete's medical practice? But the author does a superb job of balancing suspense with information; a fantastic read.

Meredith @ Central

Ever wondered how you'd cook a kangaroo tail? Pickle a chicken? Dish up some delicious doves? Maybe you've always wanted to create the ultimate in condiments: rose cream.

If you said yes to any of these questions, I've got good news for you. In this installment of 'From the Depths of Central Library', there is a book that has all that information and more. The book itself is rather small and unassuming at first glance. The library's copy is, like many of the paperbacks purchased in the 1960s, rebound in a plain-color library hard binding. So sadly, it doesn't look at all like this cover:

headstomachs.png But the important thing is that what's inside that cover is still pretty preserved. This admittedly isn't too surprising: The book was last checked out from the library in 1973. You probably have your doubts that a book that hasn't been checked out since all four Beatles were still alive has much to offer you. Bear with me, there is a lot to like about this little book: Some Heads Have Stomachs.

Yes, that title is seriously weird. For me, it conjures up the image of a disembodied head, dragging along a cartoony pink stomach like some horrific Penanggalan. The heads the title refers to are not, however, human heads, but governmental heads (and we all know that most politicians can't be considered human, much like lawyers and people who talk during movies). The author, Jean-Louis Brindamour, sent out 180 letters to various heads of government all across the world. He asked them about their favorite foods and if they'd reply with an autographed recipe. 71 of those contacted replied (mainly via their secretaries), and the most interesting of these replies are reproduced in the book. This makes the book very unique for that reason: you get to see official letterheads and signatures for many countries and their heads of state from around the late fifties. There's even a letter with a huge paragraph, solely describing the food preferences of Chiang Kai-shek! That's a unique and seriously interesting slice of history, and one you'll probably only find in this unassuming little book.

Also of note are the recipes included. Some are, in fact, recipes that these various politicians had sent back to Mr. Brindamour, but there are more than a few that he received instead by contacting embassies and other sources when those politicians could not include a recipe. These range all over the place, including the aforementioned pickled chicken, kangaroo tail soup, and the like. It's another slice of history, though the recipes supplied by the actual politicians are far more interesting than the rote traditional ones supplied from elsewhere.

So come one, come all: this book might not have left the library in forty years (and that actually won't be changing - as we're the only library for hundreds of miles to own a copy, we're keeping this gem reference only), but that doesn't mean you can't see it. You'll have to come to the downtown Central Library at 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue to take a look, but it will be more than worth it to do so. And don't forget to take a peek into the other cookbooks from bygone days available as well!

Tim @ Central

Capitol Reads


Third grade school teacher Nora Eldridge finds herself enchanted by the new pupil Reza Shahid. She forms a strong bond with his artist mother Sirena, as well as his father, Skandar. Nora is childless and unmarried but her closeness to the family makes her deeply aware of her desires. What will happen to Nora - a woman not living her fullest life?

The Woman Upstairs is beautifully written; Messud's best work!

Enid G @ Capitol

Turn Around Bright Eyes by Rob Sheffield


In Rob Sheffield's Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love & Karaoke, we catch up with him in his new life since moving to Brooklyn. If you were left in tears by his first book, Love is a Mix Tape¸ you will be happy to learn that he has moved on from personal tragedy and found two new loves: his astrophysicist wife Ally, and karaoke. Yes, karaoke. So what draws a hip entertainment writer for Rolling Stone to such a seemingly cheesy pastime-- especially if, as he readily admits, he has no singing or musical talent to speak of? The unique rituals of karaoke helped Sheffield come out of his shell, embrace life fully and fall in love again. As always, Sheffield's pop culture geekiness shines through, so whenever he digresses and writes about his other obsessions--be they Rod Stewart, Rush, or Welcome Back Kotter--you can be assured to find an erudition bordering on the professorial. A warm, breezy little read.

Brett @ Central

Treasures of the Rare Books Room: Arkham House

Arkham House Bk 1.jpgThe Milwaukee Public Library has extensive holdings from Wisconsin's own Arkham House publishing in the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room. August Derleth, a highly prolific Wisconsin author of mystery, science fiction, literary fiction and poetry, founded Arkham House in 1939 with fellow author Donald Wandrei. Arkham House was created in Sauk City shortly after H.P. Lovecraft's death in 1937, in the hopes that it could preserve the many unpublished works of Lovecraft through publication. The press became known for its mixture of weird fiction, horror, and fantasy by various authors as well as the high quality of printing and binding. Some authors with titles published in Arkham House are August Derleth himself, Stephen King, and Ray Bradbury. Though not a financial success during Derleth's lifetime, the numerous volumes from Arkham House are now highly sought after by bibliophiles, and science fiction and horror enthusiasts alike. Most print runs were limited to just a few thousand copies which made for a scarcity that heightens the value and collectability of these titles. The library owns a wide selection of Arkham House titles with publication dates spanning from 1939 to 2006. You can request a viewing of one of these 170 items from Arkham House in MPL's Rarities collection by speaking with a librarian at the Art, Music, and Recreation reference desk. To speak with an Art librarian, call (414) 286-3071.

Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff


As someone who is very worried that Milwaukee is becoming Detroit West, I picked up Detroit: An American Autopsy with great interest. In the wake of Detroit declaring bankruptcy I read through this at breakneck speed in hopes of finding answers. Admittedly, I found no answers on what Milwaukee can do and what Detroit could have done, but I was enthralled with the stories of how Detroit has broken down in the past ten years.

Through a series of anecdotes about auto industry bailouts, city politics, fire rescues and his own family history, LeDuff paints a picture of a city that couldn't help but declare bankruptcy. Throughout these tales, he never lays blame on one group - Republicans and Liberals; politicians and labor unions; white and black - they all share blame. Depressing, but riveting.

Meredith @ Central

Click here for a previous post on LeDuff's book.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion


Meet Don Tillman: "I am thirty-nine years old, tall, fit, and intelligent, with a relatively high status and above-average income as an associate professor of genetics...In the animal kingdom, I would succeed in reproducing." He is analytical, logical and often doesn't respond to others with the expected social response. He lives with a rigid time-maximizing schedule, even creating a Standardized Meal System, which means eating the same seven dishes in the same rotation each week to cut down on cooking and shopping time.

He has two friends, Gene (a fellow professor) and his wife, Claudia. Both spend a lot of time advising him on relationships and sometimes set him up on dates. The problem, is that his lack of social skills ruins things every time; he doesn't even realize women are flirting with him. Then he decides to come up with a questionnaire to scientifically find his ideal mate and quickly filter out unsuitable candidates (drinkers, smokers, late arrivers). This is the beginning of the Wife Project. Of course, things don't go as planned and while struggling to meet 'the one' he runs into Rosie. She smokes, she drinks (sometimes, a lot), dresses flamboyantly and can be irrational. She is also fiery and quite intelligent, so when she tells Don she doesn't know who her biological father is, his geneticist curiosity drives him to help her find out the truth.

Next thing Don knows, his carefully scheduled life is flipped upside down as he embarks on The Rosie Project and tries to assimilate to Rosie's carefree and spontaneous ways. Can he admit he kind of likes this person? Nope. At least, not right away and not easily.

The Rosie Project is a poignant, funny novel that is a breeze and delight to read. You will root for Don and Rosie and may be reminded of the protagonist from Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as well as The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon and Penny.

Jacki @ Central

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Fridays


Yovanoff's atmospheric novel, The Space Between, is about Daphne's quest to find her brother Obie who travels routinely between Hell and Earth, to save lost souls. Hell is the natural habitat of Daphne and Obie, who are half demon - half angel children of Lillith and Lucifer. Other mythic personalities from Apocryphal literature such as Azrael, Moloch and Beelzebub are also characters in this story, which is set in a timeless city of Pandemonium, and present day Cicero, Illinois. While Daphne is on earth she finds Obie's odd, endearing half human daughter, Ramie, in a cardboard box in a closet. She then falls in love with a sad, suicidal human boy, named Truman. Fans of the movie Constantine will find this strangely beautiful, well written novel most engaging.

Deb @ Bay View

Long Past Stopping by Oran Canfield


Long Past Stopping: A Memoir is the deadpan account of how Oran Canfield became a circus performer, unicycle riding juggler, drummer, graphic artist, and heroin addict.

Being the son of self-help guru - motivational speaker, Jack Canfield, creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul franchise did not make Oran immune to low self-esteem. Chapters covering Oran's often hilarious odyssey through addiction - relapse - revolving door - "Rehab" Centers - finally culminating in a breakthrough Ibogaine Detox treatment - are interspersed with flashback accounts of his childhood. Included are his observations about his mostly absent parents - his mom, a counter-cultural psychotherapist jazz pianist, who always seemed to be going through something "heavy", leaving her two sons to be raised by strangers. And his dad, who ran off with a masseuse when Oran was a year old and his mother was six months pregnant with his brother, Kyle. Oran tells of his habit of sitting silently on the steps, withdrawing from social interaction, and the fun times attending various anarchist academies, hippie clown school, and performing in fringe bands.

An interesting side note: Oran seems to have made peace with his father, but his mother claims the book is entirely fictional, and has legally banned her name from being used in, or in association with Long Past Stopping. If you enjoy Canfield's memoir, you might also like Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs or the more flamboyant, British, Dandy in the Underworld: An Unauthorized Autobiography by Sebastian Horsley.

Deb H @ Bay View

Capitol Reads


Is there such a thing as a "perfect marriage"? In her new novel, The Perfect Marriage, Roby challenges that question. What seems like the perfect family, marriage, and life, soon begins to crumble for Derrek and Denise Shaw. Happily married for 15 years, they have a wonderful daughter, successful careers, and a beautiful house. With the stresses of a demanding job and a sudden family tragedy, Denise and Derrek turn to drugs to help deal with the pressures of work and a family tragedy. Once soul mates, this husband and wife are quickly losing the immense love they once felt for each other. Will the love of this family withstand the test of time?

Deidre @ Capitol

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman


The Netflix series Orange is the New Black was the surprise television hit of the summer! Set in a minimum-security women's prison, the show's vivid characters, sharp humor and soapy drama proved more addictive than anything Walter White could ever cook. At the center of the show is Piper Chapman, an upper-middle class white woman whose youthful dallying in the international drug trade earned her a 15-month stay behind bars. The show is based on the memoirs of Piper Kerman, published in 2010 under the same title. Kerman, who served time in 2004 to 2005 at Danbury Correctional Facility in Connecticut, provides an unusual perspective on prison life. A graduate of tony Smith College, she had moved on to a respectable, professional life in New York when her past caught up with her completely unawares. In prison, she came to know women from very different backgrounds than her own and found ways to assemble a tolerable prison life. If you enjoyed the show and want to know the real story that inspired it, check out the book!

Brett @ Central




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